To Search the Picture Gallery

  • See first the thesaurus of search terms.  (You may like to print it out to save going back every time.) Apart from place names, this is almost entirely in English, since it is clearly essential to have a single language covering all the routes to Santiago, whichever country they fall in: thus, for example, you must use the terms St-James-Pilgrim and St-James-Moorslayer, not Santiago-Peregrino and Santiago-Matamoros. Otherwise, only features unique to Spain are given their Spanish name – such as “Alcazares” and “Paradores”.
  • Although we have included the correct accents in, for example, place names, you do not need to include them when you search: thus the search term “Merida” will find “Mérida”, and “Leon” will find “León”.
  • Note that you need to include hyphens in search terms and place names consisting of more than one word – this is a limitation of the software. Truncated terms also work – but beware of over-shortening your terms: “Sant” will return “Santiago” but also all the “Santo”s, which you may not have intended! (This also means that “Roman” will also return “Romanesque”, and “France” will also return “Camino Francés”. We haven’t found a way round this one yet, but we’re working on it.)
  • Place names are as used in the CSJ Guides.
  • Follow the “Search this collection” link under “Menu” on the Gallery Home Page, and enter your search term(s) in the “Search for Keywords” box at the top of the Search page.
  • By clicking on the “Search for all terms” button, you will limit the results to those images holding each of the terms you have entered.  This – the Boolean “AND” – is a powerful way of reducing the returns from what will eventually be a large collection to manageable proportions.
  • By clicking on the “Search for any terms” button, you will get images containing any of your search terms – the Boolean “OR”.  Use it when you want to make a more general search, but be prepared for some large responses.
  • You can limit your search to particular routes or sections by using the “Search in Categories” box lower down the Search page. To limit your search to two or more specific routes, or route sections, highlight each one in turn by holding down the Control key while you click on it.
  • N.B. if you click on one of the Keywords in the description below a picture, you will generate a search for all other pictures sharing that Keyword.
  • The “tabbed browsing” feature in Internet Explorer 7 will allow you to keep these instructions and/or the thesaurus of search terms open while you’re exloring the gallery
  • Practise using different search strategies until you are familiar with the way the system works.
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